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Inside, losing leaves

Posted by karan_in_oregon Zone 8 Oregon (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 14:01

Hi, I have a 2 1/2 year old plant that I bring in for the winter. It started growing again a couple of months ago. It is losing its leaves. Just touching them and they fall off. I did move it to a brighter spot and fed it a few days ago. It is rootbound and will need to be repotted when it is goes outside. I can barely pick up the pot now. I think it was damp when I fed it. The leaves look mottled and have almost a bronzy cast to the larger leaves. I put it in the bathtub and sprayed it with warm water and drenched it hoping to dilute the fertilzer it that was the problem. I used the same solution on other indoor plants and they are ok.
Oh, I do mist with water for humidity.
Maybe taking a cutting would be a good idea?
I was hoping it would bloom this year : )
Any ideas are appreciated.

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RE: Inside, losing leaves

Hi- does it have enough drainage? Could be you over watered it. Is the stem wrinkled? Don't be afraid to take it out of its pot and inspect the roots. That always tells me something. Maybe it's too dry or too wet. Let's go from there!

RE: Inside, losing leaves

Hi, Thank you for your help.
My eyesight isn't very good, but I finally saw some spider webs on the ends of the branches. I sprayed with water, oil, and a few drops of soap. I took it outside and it has been there eversince. It seems to be handling conditions outside even though it has been raining. I hope the combination will take care of the problem. I don't know if they were spider mites but I do see some fine webs on the neighboring plants. I sprayed them inside since it is too cold for them outside. It is rootbound and I plan on repotting it outside so I don;t have to lift it. Thanks again, Karan

RE: Inside, losing leaves

If that doesn't take care of them you can use bayer 3 in one for roses systemic on them and it will take care of regular spider mites.

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